Facebook criticizes Joe Biden after claiming they ‘killed people’ with misinformation about COVID-19-19
Facebook is firing back at President Biden after accusing the company of “killing people” by circulating misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on its platform.
On Friday, a Facebook official scathingly told NBC: ‘In private exchanges the Surgeon General’ [Vivek Murthy] praised our work, including our efforts to educate people about COVID-19…The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine targets.”
The Biden administration hoped that 70 percent of American adults would have been partially vaccinated against COVID on Independence Day — a target they missed by 3 percent.
The commander in chief has expressed frustration at the spread of misinformation about vaccines on social media, saying it is stopping millions of Americans from getting the shot.
Earlier this week, the White House confirmed it had stepped up its tracking of disinformation about COVID-19 as it tried to address slowing vaccination rates.
Press secretary Jen Psaki explicitly blasted Facebook, saying influential anti-vaxxers “remain active” on the site “despite some even getting banned on other platforms.”
“You should not be banned from one platform and not another for providing misinformation,” she said on Thursday.
The next day, President Biden was asked that he had a message for Facebook, to which he replied, “They are killing people. I really mean it. Look, the only pandemic we have is an unvaccinated one. And they kill people.’
Facebook shoots back at President Biden after accusing company of ‘killing people’ by circulating misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine on its platform
President Biden claimed the company was ‘killing people’ because it failed to closely monitor or remove misleading reports about the COVID-19 shots
But Facebook won’t let Biden control the story, pushing back in a series of statements shared with NBC.
“We will not be distracted by accusations that are not substantiated by the facts,” said a spokesman.
The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the web. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook helps save lives. Period of time.’
A Facebook official then added the damning claim that Biden was simply looking for scapegoats to explain why he failed to meet his goal of having 70 percent of the country vaccinated.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was repeatedly asked how the White House could justify flagging social media posts about COVID-19 on Facebook
The war of words marks a new development in the relationship between Facebook and the Biden administration.
The social media company was accused last year of siding with Biden in the run-up to the presidential election after it “reduced the spread” of a scathing New York Post article about Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
The bombshell story contained emails discovered on Hunter’s laptop relating to his dealings with Ukrainian gas company Burisma. The New York Post accused Facebook of censoring the article, but the social media giant claimed it may be of dubious provenance and further fact-checking was needed before it could be widely shared.
For conservatives, the move reinforced their belief that Facebook and other Big Tech companies had a strong liberal bias.
But some liberals, on the other hand, have accused Facebook of not adequately monitoring conservatives and allowing Russian disinformation to circulate unabated on the platform.
In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined, but the couple’s relationship subsequently soured.
Trump was suspended from Facebook after the January 6 riots, and his ban is still in effect.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy accused the administration of spying on people’s Facebook profiles, one of a series of tough questions in a noisy briefing room on Friday
Earlier this week, Jen Psaki said Facebook should be doing more right now to fight vaccine misinformation.
It followed the announcement a day earlier that the Biden administration had flagged problematic posts — a move some believe was a violation of both privacy and freedom of expression.
“We are in regular contact with the social media platforms and those engagements usually take place through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team – given as [Surgeon General Vivek] Murthy conveyed that this is a big problem of misinformation, especially about the pandemic,” Psaki said Thursday.
The admission caused Republican condemnation.
sen. Josh Hawley accused the White House of imposing a COVID speech code.
“I think it’s really scary to have the federal government of the United States, the White House, make lists of people, organizations, whatever, and then go to a private company that has a monopoly by the way, Facebook, and says, “You have to censor. You need to do something about this,” he told Fox News.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote a lengthy Twitter thread condemning the practice.
If you don’t find it deeply disturbing that the White House is ‘flagging’ internet content they deem ‘problematic’ to their Facebook allies for removal, then by definition you are [sic] an authoritarian.’
But the impact of unvaccinated populations became apparent during Friday’s White House COVID-19 briefing, which showed the increase in cases.
“We’re seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country with low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calling it a “pandemic of unvaccinated people.” mentioned. .’
The result, she added, was likely deaths that could have been prevented.
“The good news is that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected from hospitalization and death from COVID and even protected against the known variants, including the Delta variant circulating in this country,” she said.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re at risk.”
HOW LIKELY TO GET COVID-19 AFTER FULL VACCINATION?
So-called “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases occur when people contract the disease 14 days or more after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the single injection of Johnson & Johnson.
Clinical studies have shown that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95% effective in preventing symptomatic diseases and the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective.
Meanwhile, real-world data showed that the Pfizer shot is 91% effective against all diseases for at least six months and the Moderna vaccine is 90% effective.
This means that fully vaccinated people are between 90% and 95% less likely to develop COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.
In addition, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine trials showed 72% efficacy in the US, meaning those who received the single shot are 72% less likely to contract the disease.
When comparing fully vaccinated people who did and did not get sick, the risk is even lower.
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 10,262 of at least 133 million Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease.
This translates to 0.00716% of people who completed their vaccine series went on to test positive.
It also represents the actual chance of getting COVID-19 after full vaccination: less than 0.01%.
In addition, fully vaccinated people who test positive have mild illnesses and are very unlikely to be hospitalized or die.
The CDC states that 99.5% of all deaths occur in unvaccinated people.
That means if the figure applies to the 3,165 Americans who have died so far in July 2021 — as of July 13 — there would be about 3,150 deaths among unvaccinated people and 15 deaths among fully vaccinated people.